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Ground broken on Polish park

The developers of Adventure World Warsaw have broken ground on their planned theme park resort outside the Polish capital in Grodzisk Mazowiecki.

Guests at the groundbreaking ceremony on July 21 were treated to a themed reception by Jora Vision, the Dutch company that is designing the 230-hectare resort, and were able to view a 1:16 model of what will be Poland’s first large-scale theme park. After speeches from various industry executives and Polish officials, a spectacular 15-minute fireworks display rounded off the night’s proceedings.

“Today marks a very special day for not only me, but for the people of Poland and all of Central Eastern Europe”, declared the project’s CEO, Peter Mulder.  “Adventure World Warsaw will command the attention of families and young adults.  It will immediately join the ranks of the world’s top theme parks and resorts when it opens its gates in 2015.”

Adventure World Warsaw will feature both a theme park and an undercover waterpark, the Aqua Dome, as well as an entertainment village, two themed hotels and conference facilities. Visitors will enter the theme park using a passage under the Grand Resort Hotel. Their first experience of the park will be Adventure Harbour a thriving bazaar filled with shops, restaurants and attractions. The five themed lands inside the park will comprise Lost Kingdom, Old Poland, Creature Lagoon, Land of Legends and Castle Island.

Over 100 suppliers are involved in the project including architects, consultants and attraction suppliers such as Vekoma Rides Manufacturing, Hafema, Mack and Tedbodin. Recently appointed to the management team, headed by Jan Mulder and executive managing director Steven Shaiken, is former Drayton Manor (UK) operations manager Edward Pawley, who will act as the park’s general manager.

Combined visits to the theme park, waterpark, entertainment village and hotels are forecast at approximately 2.6 million in 2015m rising to and over 4.5 million in 2024. AWW developers cite the project’s central location close to the A1/A2 motorways and good high-speed railways and airport access as key to its success.

Pictured below (left to right): AWW CEO Peter Jan Mulder, IAAPA chairman Roland Mack, Imtech (general contractor) CEO Klaus Betz, AWW’s Sylwia Mulder and Grodzisk Mazowiecki mayor Grzegorz Benedykciński.

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